Sweet and fortified wines report Winemag 2020 – 91
Veritas Awards 2018 – Silver Award
Veritas Awards 2017 – Silver Award
SA Terroir Wine Awards 2017 – Top Fortified: Robertson & Swellendam District
The red Muscadel vines are between 13 and 44 years old. The vineyards are established in red Karoo, as well as deep alluvial soil.
The grapes are harvested by hand at 27-29 °Balling (Brix), crushed and taken to open concrete red wine fermentors. Here it is kept on the skins for two to three days for colour and flavour extraction. During this time the cap is wetted every two hours by manual punch-down and pump-overs. As soon as alcoholic fermentation starts naturally the free run juice is racked and the wet skins pressed. The must is then immediately fortified with pure wine spirits and left on its fine lees for three months. The wine is then racked from the lease and allowed to tank mature for a further three months before bottling. This extra maturation is essential for the marriage of the spirits and the wine.
THE WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS
Rietvallei Red Muscadel is full-bodied, rich, yet gentle. A floral, Muscat bouquet comes through on the nose, with typical raisiny sweetness and an intense, rich flavour that lingers on the palate and follows through on the aftertaste while the acidity compliments and balances the sweetness.
FOOD PAIRING AND SERVING SUGGESTION
Pair with noble cheeses and almost any desert…delicious with rich chocolate or strawberries & ice cream. Serve at room temperature (18ºC) or chilled. Enjoy as an aperitif or as a winter warmer in front of the fireplace on a chilly evening. During summer serve in a cocktail glass with crushed ice and sliced strawberries. Also in summer, serve in a tall glass with lots of ice, soda water, fresh ginger, a mint leaf and a slice of lemon.
Residual Sugar: 201.4 g/l
Total Acidity: 5.5 g/l
VA: 0.18 g/l
Total Extract: 221.5 g/l
Total SO2: 136 mg/l
Free SO2: 18 mg/l
Bottle volume: 500ml
Case size: 6 x 500ml
Pallet size: 104 x 6 x 500ml
Case weight: 7.90 kg
Closure: Stelvin (Screw-cap)